This project is a fully-funded one-year industrial MPhil in the University of Leicester's School of Informatics.
Industrial MPhil Research Project description
Project reference: MPhil LIH0169
In this exciting project, the industrial partner intend to build an innovative service designed to securely store and monitor electronic awards using blockchain technology. Ultimately, the company product will give learners access to their own electronic awards so that they may share them with their appropriate peer groups, potential employers or education providers, while allowing the latter to verify the authenticity of the awards.
As a result of the MPhil research project the company will use the industrial research to:
- Design and build a cryptographically secure blockchain service
- Design and build a secure API to allow awards to be sent to and retrieved from the blockchain
- Design and build a useable website which will allow learners to access their awards and to further share them
The Industrial MPhil student project will provide the postgraduate student with a fully funded industry-focused MPhil qualification, a chance to further their knowledge and research interests in blockchain, smart contract and app development, apply and expand their software engineering and coding skills, gain first-hand understanding and experience of collaborating with a company.
The MPhil postgraduate student’s research project can be divided in to four different stages with attendant key deliverables:
Stage 1. Analytical assessment and scoping
Rationale and definition of the project:
- Extent and remits of the projects
- Knowledge gap to be filled
- Identification of what is out there in terms of technical solutions
Identification of functional and non-functional requirements for the service
Key deliverable: a requirements specification
Stage 2. Development of proof of concept application
- Definition of an API
Identification/selection of solution technologies
Development of basic blockchain technology and early prototype
Conduction of usability and user experience evaluation studies to ensure interaction quality
Key deliverable: proof-of-concept prototype
Stage 3. Assessing the system with Exam Track Ltd
- Propose methodology and architecture to develop complete solution
Assessing the viability of the proposal with Exam Track Ltd and potential end-users
Key deliverable: Technical design document
Stage 4. Future investigation and writing of Final Report
- Writing of Final Report including recommendations and areas for further investigation and development for the company as part of MPhil Thesis
The key deliverable: a synthesised report with recommendations for the company and an MPhil Thesis.